Alice and Pat’s reception took place in Durham, NC at The American Tobacco Campus in the historic Bay 7 venue. We love this place! Not only is it a cool venue, but the food is also handled by none other than the masters, The Angus Barn!

The day started by running the audio for the ceremony. They chose one song, “Life is Better With You” by Michael Franti, for everyone to walk into, even the bride. That was a new idea, but I liked it! The ceremony was short but sweet and they left down the aisle to “Say Hey” by Michael Franti. After the ceremony, guests went upstairs for cocktail hour as the family photos took place downstairs. I played a mix of Motown classics and some other stuff they chose during this time.

The introduction was just Alice and Pat and then they welcomed everyone, which was actually super entertaining. Both of them! Dinner was served, and as usual, it was killer. At the end of dinner, several folks including Alice’s dad and sisters gave toasts, complete with musical interludes. Great stuff!

Finally, it was time for the first dance to “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison. But instead of it just being Alice and Pat, they invited the entire bridal party in with their significant others. Another great idea to change things up from the traditional. There were no other “stops” like cake, bouquet, parent dances, etc. It was just party time from then on! The party closed out with a rousing rendition of “American Pie” and everyone heading to the bar next door for the after-party. Looking forward to seeing the images from Riley MacLean. What a night!


Joe Bunn is the owner of Bunn DJ Company and leads the Eastern North Carolina team of 15 incredible DJs.  Joe is available for your wedding or party, coaches DJs throughout the country, hosts a weekly podcast, and is available for speaking engagements.